Hi, I'm Michiko.
I'm a national certified English tour guide.Since I was born and raised in Nara, I'm familiar with the sightseeing spots and attractions of Nara, and neighboring city, Kyoto.
Nara and Kyoto, old capitals of Japan, retain time honoured structures and art works. What is more, beautiful gardens and picturesque landscapes are always waiting for you!
I'm also a traveler who especially love to explore local foods and crafts, which have been passed down from generation to generation.
I'll try to guide you with best hospitality. When you have a chance to visit Nara,Kyoto and Osaka, please contact me anytime and join my tour!
I will be looking forward to seeing you.See you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
My family (wife and two kids 14 and 12) and I had an excellent tour with Michiko in Kyoto. We toured two days and she showed us several iconic temples, shrines, buildings, and neighborhoods. Michiko was very prepared and kept the tour on a reasonable pace given the large number of sites Kyoto has to offer. Michiko was very knowledgeable about cultural and historical aspects of Kyoto. We toured monkey park, the bamboo forest, and Nishiki market. We visited several Shinto shrines and Michiko shared interesting details of the shrines and Shintoism. We highly recommend Michiko as your Kyoto tour guide. Jon Texas
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was impressed to see your family are all open minded and honest, and your insights on Japanese culture or social issues inspired me a lot. I'm glad that your children got interested in animals, flowers, foods, toys etc.. I'm glad if you've found the finest fluffy cheese cake somewhere after the tour. I hope this trip will leave you colorful impression on Japan and some back again. I wish you all the best! Michiko
Michico was great and our tour was very good and very flexible. She is very knowledgeable and personable! We enjoyed our time in Nara and Osaka! At the end of our trip, at JR station, Michiko waited till we moved towards the right track and only then left the station- we really appreciated this!
Dear Irena, Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad to see you enjoyed experiencing authentic Japanese culture, not only historical sites in Nara and Osaka, but also foods and products. Your information about Japanese food in your country was fascinating, and I was also encouraged to enjoy home cooking including "rolled sushi"! I can never forget you. Thanks again! Michiko
Hi We have agreat time With michiko Very profesonal and gentel One of the best guide i have. Yochanan
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my honor to guide you in Nara. I was very impressed by the way you try to value the culture and the way of life here in Japan. I believe you can touch the heart of Japan through those cultural experiences. Besides I appreciate that you kindly shared me the history and the culture in your country. It was very helpful. Arigato-gozaimashita!!
My mother and I were fortunate enough to be able to book 2 days of touring with Michiko during our visit to Japan this month. We spent 1 day touring Kyoto and a second day touring Nara and walked away with incredible photos and memories not soon forgotten. Michiko was a wonderful tour guide who was not only well organized and detail oriented, but she was also very personable and went out of her way to get to know us and tailor our experiences to our interests. She was very attentive and made sure that her pace and modes of transportation were comfortable for my mother which I really appreciated. She was also flexible with the schedule given the rainy weather which was also very helpful and provided suggestions for additional gardens to visit when we had a free day. Michiko's tour of... read more
Thank you for your wonderful review. As a resident in Nara, I was so delighted your mother came back to Nara for the first time in almost 40 years with such a brilliant daughter! I was also happy to see both of you enjoying every moment of the tour with great sense of wonder. I hope you will come back again to see Lantern festival in Kasuga grand shrine, or beautiful gardens in Kyoto, which will show you different phases and attractions. See you again!
Michiko was a very good guide, and we were able to see many interesting things in Nara. We spent 5 hours with her, and we learned a lot about Nara's story. We recommend Michiko to the next visitors! Thank you !
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad that you were interested in Japanese culture, society, art and history. What I was impressed most is that you didn't pass quickly but spent time enough to take a close look at everything that interested you. I hope you will come back to Japan again!